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U.Va. Arts in the News 2014-2015

January 2015

UVA Today, U.Va. Fralin Museum of Art Exhibits Work of Celebrated Portraitist Lucian Freud January 15, 2015, by Robert Hull

The majority of his works were of people, often shown nude, with an intense concentration on the texture and color of flesh. His oeuvre includes images of men, women, fellow artists, family members, those on the outskirts of society, and celebrities ranging from the Queen of England to Kate Moss – all of which show the art of someone whose penetrating gaze could reveal the very soul of the sitter.

These are the portraits of British artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011), a grandson of Sigmund Freud who achieved international renown as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century.

Beginning Friday and running through April 19, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host the exhibit, “Lucian Freud: Etchings.”

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UVA Today, ‘New Narratives’ Exhibition Opens at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in January January 9, 2015, by Lauren Maupin

On Jan. 20, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Study Center of U.Va. will open a new exhibition, “New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press.” This selection of 14 prints is the result of an eight-year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community in Australia, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney.

Papunya is best known as the birthplace of the contemporary Western Desert art movement, which launched Aboriginal art into the international art world in the 1970s and ’80s. For the first time, desert artists were able to preserve and share their culture in the portable and permanent art form of acrylic on canvas, drawing from the designs and iconography found in customary art forms like ground design, sand drawing and body painting.

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UVA Today, Scaffolding Update: New Roof Slated for Old Cabell Hall January 5, 2015, by Matt Kelly

Both ends of the University of Virginia’s Lawn feature scaffolding these days. While work continues on the Rotunda renovations, crews are now starting to replace the roof on Old Cabell Hall.

Workers from CHU Contracting Inc. of Chantilly have begun the process of re-roofing the building, a $1.3 million task that should be complete by the beginning of April.

“We’re going to have a full replacement of all roofing systems,” said Zachary Brackett, construction administration manager for Facilities Management, who oversees the project with Shannon Barras, a senior project manager, and Randy Porter, senior construction administration manager. “Some portions of the roof are reaching the end of their normal lives.”

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UVA Today, ‘Twas the Year 2014 in Faculty Books January 5, 2015, by Anne E. Bromley

University of Virginia faculty members published an eclectic mix of books in 2014, covering subjects ranging from black leadership to young adult development, from the history of algebra to the significance of football. A few prolific professors produced two books in the same year.

Then there’s McIntire School of Commerce staff member Eric J. Rzeszut, who published a guide to privacy and security on digital devices, written for non-technical folks.

In addition to scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, poetry and fiction can also be found here. Of the 44 books listed, maybe it’s not unusual that several concern China, but it seems surprising that three volumes focus on the ancient Roman poet Ovid, from completely different angles.

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December 2014

UVA Today, U.Va. Arts in Action: 10 Highlights From A Blockbuster Arts Season December 23, 2014, by Robert Hull

During the fall semester at the University of Virginia, the creative spirit was clearly evident across Grounds in a multitude of arts exhibits, talks, performances, projects and initiatives – from Kevin Spacey’s address at John Paul Jones arena to students rehearsing backstage at a drama production. Here are 10 highlights from the many arts events enjoyed by the University community this past semester.

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Youtube, “Winter Song/White Winter Hymnal” – Virginia Sil’hooettes & Virginia Gentlemen December 16, 2014

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Virginia Gentleman Inspire Holiday Cheer at the White House December 10, 2014, by Robert Hull

Christmas just got a whole lot brighter at the White House, thanks to the Virginia Gentlemen, the University of Virginia’s oldest a cappella group.

On Tuesday, the nationally acclaimed men’s vocal group performed at the White House Christmas celebration, their sixth appearance at the Executive Mansion and their fourth during the Obama administration.

The Virginia Gentlemen were contacted by White House staff in the fall and asked to submit an application describing the group and its history.

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November 2014

University of Virginia, Two Hours Before Curtain: Backstage as UVA Drama prepares to open The Rimers of Eldritch November 14, 2014

6:05 P.M. In an otherwise empty theater, actors rehearse their stage fight scene.

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UVA Today, Red-Hot Ticket: 2014 Virginia Film Festival Drew Record Crowds November 12, 2014, by John Kelly

The recently completed 2014 Virginia Film Festival smashed its previous box office record by a remarkable 45.6 percent and set a new mark for tickets issued.

Festival officials announced Wednesday that the 2014 festival, which concluded Sunday, set all-time records at the box office with $174,946 in ticket sales, topping the previous mark of $120,000, set last year. This year’s festival issued 28,609 tickets and featured 41 sold-out screenings.

“By every conceivable measure, this was a historic Virginia Film Festival,” said festival director Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia, the festival’s presenting sponsor. “We are obviously thrilled with the record-breaking numbers and with the extraordinarily positive feedback we heard throughout the weekend.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture School Programs Ranked in Top Three Among Public Universities November 12, 2014, by Cynthia Smith

The University of Virginia School of Architecture’s Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architectureprograms both rank among the top three graduate degree programs offered by public institutions, according to the just-released 2015 Design Intelligence rankings of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.” Both programs also rank in the top 10 overall, including both public and private universities.

The undergraduate architecture program is a bachelor of science, non-professional program and is not eligible for ranking, and the school does not offer an undergraduate landscape architecture degree program.

The Design Intelligence rankings are issued by the Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals founded in 1995.

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The Daily Progress, UVa marks anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall November 9, 2014, by Derek Quizon

As people around the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, the University of Virginia held its own ceremony commemorating the event that marked a symbolic end to the Cold War in front of Alderman Library.

Since April, the university has had a portion of the wall — adorned on the west side with a mural by graffiti artist Dennis Kaun — on display in a glass case. The artifact is on loan from the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation.

The ceremony was the end of a weeklong symposium on the dismantling of the wall at UVa, including lectures, performances and panel discussions on the division between communist East Germany and democratic West Germany.

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NBC29, UVA Wraps Up Week Long Events Commemorating the Fall of the Berlin Wall November 9, 2014

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Sunday the world marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A drummer opened the ceremony at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. A moment of silence followed. The wall served as a symbol for communist oppression for 28 years.

The University of Virginia is commemorating the day the communist wall crumbled. The university hosted a special ceremony Sunday evening to mark the historic moment. Students and people in the Charlottesville community have celebrated the history making moment with a weeklong symposium.

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Newsadvance.com, UVa Celebrates 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s demise November 9, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE - As people around the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, the University of Virginia held its own ceremony commemorating the event that marked a symbolic end to the Cold War in front of Alderman Library.

Since April, the university has had a portion of the wall — adorned on the west side with a mural by graffiti artist Dennis Kaun — on display in a glass case. The artifact is on loan from the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation.

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UVA Today, James Salter: Writing a Novel Is Like Cutting a Path Through the Jungle November 7, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

The University of Virginia English department’s Creative Writing Program established the Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program last year in the tradition of William Faulkner’s legendary residencies at the University in 1957 and ’58. The program aims to bring writers of international stature to Charlottesville for one semester to teach and engage with U.Va. students and the literary community.

The inaugural writer to hold the post, James Salter, 89, is spending the fall semester on Grounds, teaching a graduate workshop on fiction. He gave three public talks last month related to the art of fiction, and will read from his work Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in Nau Hall, room 101, to be followed by a book signing.

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UVA Today, Made-in-Virginia World Premiere Kicks Off 27th Virginia Film Festival November 6, 2014, by Robert Hull

The 27th annual Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia, opened Thursday night with a roaring start: the sold-out world premiere of “Big Stone Gap” at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater.

Appropriately enough, a Virginian made the film in Virginia – and it’s all about Virginia.

Many of the local and national celebrities as well as University faculty, staff, students and alumni who were in attendance for the film’s debut later made their way to the opening night gala, held across the Downtown Mall at the Jefferson Theater.

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WVTF, Rocking the Wall November 6, 2014, by Sandy Hausman

On Sunday the world will remember a startling event. Twenty-five years ago, East Germany announced it would no longer stop its people from passing through a wall that had divided Germany for a generation.

Historians point to the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, supposing the new leader of that country, Mikael Gorbachov, would no longer support East German leaders, but there’s another theory going around – a claim that rock and roll music helped topple the wall.

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Examiner.com, The Berlin Wall at UVa: Celebrating ‘the illimitable freedom of the human mind’ November 6, 2014, by Ginger McCarthy

As citizens of the world mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, the University of Virginia will commemorate the day by gathering at 5:30 p.m. at the “Kings of Freedom” Berlin Wall exhibit, in the Library Quad, adjacent to Alderman Library, with a reception to follow in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom -- which the public is also cordially invited to attend.

This event is part of “The Berlin Wall Symposium: The Fall of a Symbol, The Will of a People,” that brought together scholars and artists from around the world and from UVa in order to highlight “the cultural, political and historical implications surrounding this watershed moment;” and will serve to “emphasize its symbol as a center of higher learning that continues to underscore Jefferson’s principles of freedom and democracy. The supporting public programs and events will serve to enhance political thought, the creative arts and academic excellence at the University.”

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Newsadvance.com, Go Stargazing at the Virginia Film Festival November 5, 2014, by Jane Dunlap Norris

Everyone from Mark Twain to John Shaft will be attending the 27th annual Virginia Film Festival this weekend in Charlottesville.

The festival, to be presented by the University of Virginia from Thursday through Sunday, will reel in more than 100 film screenings, parties, family activities and other events. This year’s guests include Ashley Judd, Hal Holbrook, Jenna Elfman, Frank Langella, Patrick Wilson, Barry Levinson, Katie Couric, Richard Roundtree and Jasmine Guy.

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NBC29, Former Guard at German Border Visits Berlin Wall Exhibit November 5, 2014

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As the world marks 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, a man who spent years patrolling the border between East and West Germany visited the exhibit at the University of Virginia Wednesday.

Isaac Strother was in the U.S. Army's 14th Cavalry Division and patrolled a 200-mile section of the border every day from 1968 through 1970. Now he lives in Ruckersville, but says he still remembers the stark cultural differences he saw that make him thankful to live under democracy.

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NBC29, Son of Nikita Khrushchev Speaks at UVA about Fall of Berlin Wall November 5, 2014

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The son of a former Soviet premier stopped in Charlottesville to talk about the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The University of Virginia hosted a panel to commemorate the historic moment that took place on November 9, 1989. Wednesday night, historians and professors came together in Charlottesville to stress the importance of remembering that day.

Dr. Sergei Khrushchev was the featured speaker of a panel discussion in the small special collections library. His father, Nikita Khrushchev, led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He was joined by Drs. Klaus Larres, Allen Lynch and Mary Beth Stein to speak about the rise and fall of the wall. They also talked about its impact on the policies and politics of Europe, Russia and the United States.

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The Daily Progress, Best Bets for Tuesday, November 4 November 4, 2014

» World premiere of “WE: A Theatrical Piece of the Wall” by Doug Grissom, UVa MFA Acting Company directed by Colleen Kelly, 8 p.m., Helms Theatre, 924-3376, free. Part of Berlin Wall Symposium at UVa.

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The Cavalier Daily, University remembers fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 years later – More than 15 U.Va. departments organize symposium on anniversary of fall of Wall November 3, 2014, by Katherine Wilkin

The University will host a symposium this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Art collector Robert Hefner loaned two pieces of the Berlin Wall to the University, currently on display outside Alderman Library. Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts and director of the Virginia Film Festival, has been instrumental in planning the symposium surrounding the pieces of the wall.

“The University was very fortunate that Robert Hefner wanted to loan the wall,” Kielbasa said. “It is an extraordinary piece of history, and also very timely, because the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is Nov. 9.”

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NBC29, UVA Events Mark 25 Years Since Berlin Wall Came Down November 3, 2014

The University of Virginia kicks off a week-long flashback to the fall of the Berlin Wall Monday night.

This coming Sunday marks 25 years since the concrete barricade separating a free West Germany from the communist east came down.

“It really is one of those amazing things in world history - something that was so important and central in U.S. foreign policy and the way Americans looked at the world,” said Grace Hall, a history professor at UVA.

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October 2014

The Daily Progress, UVa events to focus on anniversary of Berlin Wall’s fall October 30, 2014

The University of Virginia will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at a public ceremony Nov. 9, capping a weeklong symposium at the university.

UVa had a portion of the wall shipped to Grounds in March. Since April, it has stood in a display case in front of Alderman Library, on McCormick Road. The side of the wall that faced West Germany features graffiti art by Dennis Kaun.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professor Shares Memories of Berlin Wall’s Fall October 30, 2014, by Robert Hull

One week after the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, Karen Van Lengen arrived in Berlin to present what would become her winning entry in a design competition for the Berlin Public Library.

The friend’s apartment where she was staying offered her an angle on the aftermath of the historic event that few people would ever have, allowing Van Lengen to film the celebrations that occurred immediately after the wall fell.

As part of next week’s Berlin Wall Symposium at the University of Virginia, Van Lengen, Kenan Professor of Architectureat U.Va. and former dean of the School of Architecture, will combine this trove of her footage – never before shown in public – with a collection of rare artifacts, to tell her personal story of a land celebrating its new freedom. The presentation will take place Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Students Become Sound Journalists in New Radio Production Course October 28, 2014, by Lauren Jones

From sound editing and mixing to the art of interviewing and storytelling, University of Virginia media studies students are learning all about what happens on the other side of the dial in Elliot Majerczyk’s new radio production course.

Majerczyk is an associate producer of “With Good Reason,” an award-winning public radio show produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities that features leading scholars from the state’s colleges and universities talking about their expertise on a range of topics. He describes the course as a complement to the media studies department’s more theory-based curriculum, allowing students to use the creative and analytical skills they’ve gained in studying media to produce story pieces that they can add to their resumés and creative portfolios.

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UVA Today, Berlin Wall Symposium to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Historic Fall Nov. 3-9 October 24, 2014, by Robert Hull

In April, University of Virginia officials unveiled four panels from the former Berlin Wall, on loan from a private collector and installed at a site adjacent to Alderman Library and the Small Special Collections Library.

During the first week of November, the University will connect those physical artifacts with history through a Grounds-wide series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Cold War symbol.

“The Berlin Wall Symposium: The Fall of a Symbol, The Will of a People” will offer a dynamic, multidisciplinary exploration of the fall’s importance through lectures, talks, presentations and live performances. It will bring together academics, scholars and artists from the University community and beyond to highlight the cultural, political and historical implications around one of the watershed moments of the 20th century.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Professors Elizabeth Varon and Rita Dove Win Library of Virginia Awards October 24, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

University of Virginia English professor and poet Rita Dove and historian Elizabeth R. Varon are among several winners of the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. At an Oct. 18 awards celebration in Richmond, Dove received the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, and Varon received the 2014 Literary Award for Nonfiction for her book, “Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War.”

The Weinstein Prize, established in 2005, is awarded each year to a poet with strong connections to Virginia. The $10,000 prize recognizes significant recent contributions to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievement in the field. The other literary award categories were fiction, poetry and literary lifetime achievement, as well as nonfiction. Those winners also receive an engraved crystal book.

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Youtube, Australian Artist Ricardo Idagi Shares Skills with UVA Students October 22, 2014

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professor Shares Memories of Berlin Wall’s Fall October 20, 2014, by Robert Hull

One week after the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, Karen Van Lengen arrived in Berlin to present what would become her winning entry in a design competition for the Berlin Public Library.

The friend’s apartment where she was staying offered her an angle on the aftermath of the historic event that few people would ever have, allowing Van Lengen to film the celebrations that occurred immediately after the wall fell.

As part of next week’s Berlin Wall Symposium at the University of Virginia, Van Lengen, Kenan Professor of Architecture at U.Va. and former dean of the School of Architecture, will combine this trove of her footage – never before shown in public – with a collection of rare artifacts, to tell her personal story of a land celebrating its new freedom. The presentation will take place Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

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The Cavalier Daily, A conversation with Kevin Spacey: The Cavalier Daily sits down with the multitalented arts advocate after this year’s President’s Speaker for the Arts event October 20, 2014, by Arts and Entertainment Staff

The University welcomed world-renowned entertainer Kevin Spacey to John Paul Jones Arena Saturday, in the second installment of the President’s Speaker for the Arts series.

The sold-out event was preceded by performances from University dance students and selections from the University Singers’, in celebration of the University’s revitalized commitment to enriching arts initiatives and programs across a variety of creative outlets. The student performances were followed by words from Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts, and University President Teresa Sullivan.

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In The Capital, Kevin Spacey Calls UVa Presidential Shuffle a 'House of Cards' Political Lawn Game October 20, 2014, by Molly Greenberg

Kevin Spacey didn't need to use the raspy southern drawl of mysterious political mastermind Frank Underwood for an entire speech to make an impression on University of Virginia students Saturday. From stories of his career to life advice for soon-to-be graduates and impressions of well-known celebrities, Spacey easily connected with the UVa crowd during the second installment of the President's Speaker for the Arts series, often times comparing memories from the Wahoo's pasts to the world of "House of Cards."

As a long-time supporter of the performing arts, Spacey was the ideal choice for an event meant to highlight the importance of the arts and the power to inspire from the theater. And while he followed in UVa alumna Tina Fey's footsteps this year, he sure wasn't willing to hide in her shadow. Rather, Spacey made sure he would be remembered by Charlottesville by offering to streak the Lawn with UVa President Teresa Sullivan and soon after touching on the connection between Sullivan's failed ouster and the "political lawn game" Underwood is known for facilitating in "House of Cards."

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TV Spyglass, Kevin Spacey Discusses His Career and “House of Cards” at UVa October 19, 2014

Kevin Spacey sees Frank Underwood as a “misunderstood” role model in the political arena depicted in the Netflix hit series, “House of Cards.” Therefore, his counterpart would make a wonderful source of information for students looking to be successful at the University of Virginia. At least that’s what the Academy Award winning actor believes. He was in Charlottesville last night as part of the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, now its second year. The event was held at the John Paul Jones Arena.

The series serves to highlight the importance of the arts (music, drama, dance, architectural design, and studio art) in forming the whole person. Spacey applauded the efforts of schools that are working to embrace “STEAM” instead of “STEM.”

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UVA Today, Spacey Offers U.Va. Students ‘Frank Underwood’s Guide to Surviving College’ October 19, 2014, by Ashley Patterson

Despite jokingly claiming that he was the third-choice speaker for this year’s installment of the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts at the University of Virginia – after the Charlottesville-based Dave Mathews Band and basketball superstar Joe Harris – Kevin Spacey captured a John Paul Jones Arena audience of about 9,000 people with stories of his career, life advice for students and impressions of celebrities.

The award-winning American film and stage actor, director, screenwriter and producer was the second annual speaker in the series, which is supported by the offices of the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. U.Va. alumna Tina Fey gave last year’s inaugural address.

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The Daily Progress, House of Cavs will be packed when Kevin Spacey addresses John Paul Jones Arena listeners October 17, 2014, by David A. Maurer

The name Kevin Spacey on a playbill or marquee can ensure long lines of theatergoers eager to lay their money down.

Apparently, the same is true when the Academy Award-winning actor is just being himself and extolling the virtues of the arts in society. When it was announced that he would be doing that at 6 p.m. Saturday at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena, tickets were snapped up as if they were free — which they are.

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UVA Today, Hal Holbrook, Barry Levinson Headline 2014 Virginia Film Festival Schedule October 7, 2014, by John Kelly

This year’s Virginia Film Festival will feature a diverse program array of more than 100 films and a guest lineup that includes Hal Holbrook, Jenna Elfman, Frank Langella, Patrick Wilson, Barry Levinson, Katie Couric, Richard Roundtree and Jasmine Guy.

The festival, set for Nov. 6-9, is presented by the University of Virginia.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama to Open Season with Powerful Drama ‘Every Tongue Confess’ October 2, 2014, by John Kelly

The University of Virginia Drama Department will open its 2014-15 season on Oct. 9 with Marcus Gardley’s powerful drama, “Every Tongue Confess,” at the Ruth Caplin Theatre.

Directed by Theresa M. Davis, “Every Tongue Confess” will be presented Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15-17 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

The production is presented with the support of the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts, and in cooperation with U.Va.’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.

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UVA Today, Master Stylist James Salter Takes Post as First Kapnick Writer-in-Residence October 1, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

When author James Salter came to the University of Virginia in 1991 as the Rea Visiting Writer, he left a note in the Creative Writing Program’s book for the Rea writers to sign their names. Salter mentioned William Faulkner’s time at U.Va. as writer-in-residence in the late ’50s and his lasting stature in literature.

What goes around, comes around: Salter has returned to the University as the inaugural Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence this fall, renewing Faulkner’s legacy. “It’s quite an honor,” Salter said.

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September 2014

UVA Today, ‘Fearless’ Poet Claudia Rankine to Read, Discuss Events in Ferguson September 26, 2014

Claudia Rankine, one of the most innovative poets writing today, will visit the University of Virginia on Wednesday. She will read from her just-published book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” and lead an open discussion focusing on recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bryan Hall, room 229. Her visit is sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the Creative Writing Program.

In a recent interview in The New Yorker, Rankine said of her new book, “I started working on ‘Citizen’ as a way of talking about invisible racism – moments that you experience and that happen really fast. They go by at lightning speed, and you begin to distrust that they even happened, and yet you know that you feel bad somehow.”

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UVA Today, Who Needs Stories Most? U.Va. Student Helped Award-Winning Irish Author Decide September 25, 2014, by Jane Kelly

Mirenda Gwin is a fourth-year Echols Scholar from Vinton. A history and media studies double major, she is writing a thesis on modern American legal history. Gwin traveled to Dublin, Ireland, this summer through the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life intern program. This is a first-person account of her time in Ireland.

I had a glancing brush with fame this summer while studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I wasn’t fortunate enough to see any leprechauns or lucky enough to find out if there really is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Instead, I had the good fortune to work with the author of the “Artemis Fowl” books, a best-selling line of young adult fantasy novels that has inspired Walt Disney Studios and the Weinstein Company to create a Hollywood film around the series.

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UVA Today, Festival to Honor 12 Pioneering Faculty, Alums with ‘Founding C’ville’ Awards September 24, 2014, by H. Brevy Cannon, Ashley Patterson

If you’ve been to the Downtown Mall lately, you may have noticed some new faces – on dozens of banners hanging from lampposts. These Tom Tom Founders Festival posters feature 18 local “founders” – Charlottesville innovators who have transformed their community and impacted the world through original research, business and service initiatives.

One of these “Thomas Jeffersons of today” created the world’s first at-home fertility test for men. Another invented a new approach to culturing human cells that may one day be the foundation for growing replacement human body parts.

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UVA Today, Creators of Award-Winning ‘Les Misérables’ to Take Center Stage at U.Va. September 22, 2014, by Robert Hull

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” – whether in the form of a novel, film or musical – tells an enthralling tale of love, sacrifice and redemption, a universal and timeless story lit with passion at every turn.

On Christmas Day 2012, yet another film version of “Les Misérables” opened in movie theaters across the United States: the first film version of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s award-winning stage musical of the same name.

The movie set a record for the highest opening-day gross for a musical film. It garnered eight Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway.

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UVA Today, New Exhibit Goes Behind the Scenes to Re-examine Landmark 1948 Photo Essay September 17, 2014, by Robert Hull

In a 1948 issue of Life magazine, a photo essay entitled “Harlem Gang Leader” introduced Gordon Parks to the world.

Although Parks had been a professional photographer for nearly a decade, his name was virtually unknown, something he shared with the vast majority of professional photographers at that time. But his byline in Life – by far the most widely read news and photo magazine in America – changed all that.

Opening Friday at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and running through Dec. 21, “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument” explores the untold story behind the photo essay that introduced one of the 20th century’s most important African-American photographers, filmmakers and writers to the American public.

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UVA Today, New Architecture Dean Discusses School’s Strengths, and its Future September 10, 2014, by Robert Hull

On July 15, longtime faculty member Elizabeth (Beth) K. Meyer became the 13th dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, succeeding Kim Tanzer, who did not seek reappointment. Meyer, a “Double ’Hoo” who joined the faculty in 1993, accepted a two-year term, after which she plans to return to teaching. She recently took time to discuss her thoughts as she began her new duties.

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UVA Today, Jazzed-Up Symphony to Give Free Pops Concert in McIntire Amphitheater September 4, 2014, by Lindsey Rosenthal

The University Programs Council of the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia are joining forces to present the annual “Symphony Under the Stars” on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. First launched in 2009, this free outdoor pops concert will take place in the McIntire Amphitheater at U.Va. (The rain location is Old Cabell Hall on the U.Va Grounds.)

Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra will perform selections including “All That Jazz” from the hit film and Broadway musical, “Chicago”; a suite from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”; Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” and more.

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UVA Today, Kluge-Ruhe Welcomes Aboriginal Sculptor for Three-Week Residency September 4, 2014, by Lauren Maupin

The Kluge-Ruhe Aborginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia will host artist Ricardo Idagi, a multimedia sculptor and musician from Melbourne, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 4. His residency and exhibition, sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts, will provide a number of opportunities to meet the artist and learn about his culture and artwork.

Idagi grew up on Mer (Murray Island) in the Torres Strait, north of mainland Australia. He was encouraged to produce art by two uncles, one of whom was Eddie Koiki Mabo, who is famous internationally for winning native title rights to Mer Island in 1993.

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UVA Today, Kevin Spacey Will Be U.Va. President’s Speaker for the Arts on Oct. 18 September 2, 2014, by Robert Hull

Kevin Spacey – award-winning American film and stage actor, director, screenwriter and producer – will address the University of Virginia on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the John Paul Jones Arena for the second annual U.Va. President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.

The President’s Speaker Series for the Arts is supported by the offices of the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the local community are all welcome to participate in this landmark arts event. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

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The Daily Progress, Oscar-winning 'House of Cards' star Kevin Spacey will speak Oct. 18 for UVa arts series September 2, 2014

Kevin Spacey will be drawing in the usual suspects — an estimated 5,000 of them — for the University of Virginia’s second President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Tickets will be available starting Wednesday.

The Academy Award-winning actor will speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at John Paul Jones Arena, where doors will open at 5 p.m. More than 5,000 people are expected to turn out to hear Spacey, a film and stage actor who also is a director, screenwriter and producer. UVa students, staff and faculty members and local community members all are welcome.

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August 2014

UVA Magazine, The Tactile Library: Fine arts library creates a new collection of building and design materials August 2014, by Erin O'Hare

In a small, windowless room in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, a new library collection is growing. The room’s shelves are lined with boxes of all sizes filled with rectangles of orange and aqua dichromatic glass, textured wood tiles, rubber bricks in bold primary colors, carbon aerogel (the lightest solid on Earth) and pieces of insulation made of fungus.

The Materials Collection, as it is called, is a hands-on resource offering easy access to supplies to inspire students’ building and design projects.

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UVA Today, New Fralin Museum Exhibit Captures the Dazzle of Early Indian Painting August 29, 2014, by Robert Hull

A new exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia offers a unique entry into the world of early modern India through an array of colorful paintings.

“Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Paintings from the 15th to the 19th Century,” on view through Dec. 14, includes several artistic traditions that range across the span of centuries.

This is art made for emperors and empresses, kings and queens, and wealthy merchants. The exhibit reveals what they saw – and links the viewer directly to worlds far away and long ago.

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UVA Today, More Than A Dozen Changes to Look For on Grounds August 22, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

Alexander Graham Bell said when one door closes, another one opens. That rings true at the University of Virginia: With renovation complete, all of New Cabell Hall’s doors have opened, even as the iconic Rotunda is closed for renovation.

Among other new things on Grounds for 2014-15, three new deans will lead schools, new majors will engage students and major literary and arts figures will visit U.Va. Several changes offer new opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

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UVA Today, Couric Coming to Virginia Film Festival to Present Documentary on Food Industry August 20, 2014, by John Kelly

University of Virginia alumna Katie Couric will return to Charlottesville for this year’s Virginia Film Festival to present a special screening of the documentary “Fed Up.”

“Fed Up,” which Couric narrates and executive-produced (with Laurie David, producer of “An Inconvenient Truth”), has been widely promoted as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see” and is based on the premise that everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is wrong.

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UVA Today, BOSS: New Academic Journal is Born to Run in Cyberspace August 14, 2014, by Matt Kelly

Elvis will always be “The King,” Jeff Lebowski will always be “The Dude,” Frank Sinatra will always be “The Chairman of the Board.” And Bruce Springsteen will always be “The Boss.”

Now The Boss has BOSS – the Biannual Online-journal of Springsteen Studies, an academic journal focusing on scholarly studies of Springsteen. Jonathan Cohen, a graduate student in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History who holds the Newman Family Jefferson Fellowship, is the driver behind BOSS, which he sees as an online crossroads of Springsteen studies. The journal’s debut issue came out Aug. 8.

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UVA Today, Arts Advocate Ruth Sacks Caplin Has Died August 8, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

Champion of the arts Ruth Sacks Caplin, a multi-talented artist and educator, died Aug. 5 in Washington. She was 93.

The Ruth Caplin Theatre of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama was named in recognition of her lifelong advocacy for the arts.

Ruth Caplin was married to Mortimer M. Caplin, a U.Va. alumnus, former Law School professor, former Board of Visitors member and longtime benefactor of the University.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professors Among Finalists for Prestigious International Prize August 6, 2014, by Robert Hull

Two projects designed in part by University of Virginia faculty members are among the 11 finalists for a major international landscape architecture prize.

Organizers of the eighth Rosa Barba International Landscape Architecture Biennale Prize, to be awarded next month in Barcelona, last month recognized three U.Va. School of Architecture faculty members – Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover and Teresa Galí-Izard – as outstanding designers.

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July 2014

UVA Today, U.Va.’s Recent Creative Writing Grads Get Rave Reviews for New Books July 29, 2014, by Anne E. Bromley

From a crime thriller about a professional baseball pitcher who moonlights as a detective to a collection of true childbirth stories told by the mothers, several recent and forthcoming books by alumni of the University of Virginia’s graduate Creative Writing Program, housed in the English department, touch on relevant American themes and are getting favorable reviews.

• The author of “The Setup Man,” T.T. Monday – the pen name of Nick Taylor – is “a new heavy hitter on the thriller scene,” according to his publisher, Doubleday. “Monday takes readers inside a rich and highly entertaining world where crime and baseball intersect and delivers a debut that moves like a 96-mile-an-hour fastball.”

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UVA Today, Meet U.Va. Grad Kim Dylla, Heavy Metal Seamstress July 22, 2014, by Robert Hull

Since graduating from the University of Virginia in 2005, Kim Dylla has done a lot of things: played music, helped build a digital re-creation of ancient Rome and, most recently, launched a business creating custom-made clothing for rock and metal bands ranging from Journey to Machine Head.

She recently answered a few questions about her time at U.Va. and her clothing venture, Kylla Custom Rock Wear.

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UVA Today, Heritage to End Season with Tony Award-Winning ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ July 18, 2014, by John Kelly

The 40th-anniversary season of the Heritage Theatre Festival season will close with an uproarious farce that has delighted audiences around the world.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” opens July 24 at the Culbreth Theatre and runs through Aug. 2, bringing with it an evening’s worth of sharp satire, mistaken identities, plot twists and merry mayhem.

The farce won raves on London’s West End before heading to New York, where it scored seven Tony Award nominations and won a Tony for Best Actor.

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UVA Today, Heritage to Present Puppet-Powered, Tony Award Triple Crown Winner ‘Avenue Q’ July 11, 2014, by John Kelly

Puppets may be taking the stage next week at the University of Virginia’s Ruth Caplin Theatre, but the next show in Heritage Theatre Festival’s 40th anniversary season is anything but kids’ stuff.

“Avenue Q” is a modern-day coming-of-age story that follows a young college graduate as he moves to the big city, where he meets a cast of characters – both human and puppets – who inform his quest to discover his purpose in life.

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UVA Today, Listening to Nature: A Sound Artist Takes His Place Among Biologists July 10, 2014, by Robert Hull

Every July, art meets biology at the University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station.

The field station for U.Va.’s Department of Biology – located on 650 acres at 3,800 feet elevation in rural Pembroke, roughly halfway between Blacksburg and the West Virginia state line – is home to a community of scientists and students from around the country who conduct research in everything from ecology to evolutionary genetics. The station’s population swells in the summertime.

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UVA Today, Characters Coiffed and Dangerous: U.Va. Heritage Theatre Opens ‘Shear Madness’ July 8, 2014, by Robert Hull

Every character is suspect and each member of the audience becomes an armchair detective in “Shear Madness,” a record-breaking comedy sensation that has delighted audiences in America and around the world for more than three decades.

The University of Virginia’s Heritage Theatre Festival continues its 40th-anniversary celebration beginning Wednesday with the whodunit in a hair salon where every performance features up-to-the-minute improvisation that makes it fresh.

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